German Premiere of Awarded Nollywood-Comedy „Phone Swap“ by Kunle Afolayan, Thursday, 8 May 2014, 20h00, Hackesche Höfe Kino

On Thursday 8 May 2014 at 20h00 AfricAvenir and Zentrum Moderner Orient invite you to the German Premiere of the awarded Nollywood Comedy "Phone Swap" by Nigerian Director Kunle Afolayan at Hackesche Höfe Kino. The film which for many people for its production quality and the scope of topics represents a milestone in Nollywood cinematographic history, also was one of the most popular and successful comedies of recent years and won the Public Choice Award during the NollywoodWeek Film Festival in Paris (2013).

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the Media Researcher Tilo Grätz (ZMO) and the independent film critique and curator Enoka Ayemba, as well as by a small reception in the cinema foyer.nThe screening is organised in cooperation and with the financial support of Zentrum Moderner Orient. Media Partners: Africiné, Allacine, SEV Magazine, Berline Poche,Exberliner, radio, Art labour Archives, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD), Contemporary &.nSynopsis
Akin und Mary meet for the first time at an airport where they accidentally bump into each other and mistakenly swap their identical Blackberry phones. This leads to a destination mix up after they receive one another’s text regarding a travel destination. Consequently, Akin ends up traveling to where Mary is supposed to go and vice versa. Neither knows about the swap until they have reached their opposite destinations and “the phone” stops ringing (In Mary’s case) and “Won’t stop ringing” (In Akin’s case) . As a result of the phone swap, they agree to help carry out each other’s missions, armed with the information and data on each other’s phone. But it’s not as easy as they both think as new obstacles and complications rise at every turn as they both struggle to adapt to their alien environment and situation. Mary has to walk in Akin’s shoes and represent him in a company meeting while Akin has to represent Mary in her family meeting. This they do with hilarious results…n


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„Africa continues to be one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world when it comes to telephone users. It was only fitting that we have a film centered on the mobile phone and how these gadgets are literally influencing culture and society in a hilarious way.“

„It showcases Nigerian life, not only in the city but in the villages too. A film that takes your imagination away from the archetypical Nollywood film, this is real cinematic filming and viewing.“

„Phone swap is an unabashedly romantic comedy. I (…) particularly love the way women were portrayed. For a change Nigerian women were strong, smart and beautiful.“ Ayodele Olofintuade, Book Republic

„One word describes this movie, BRILLIANT!!! (…) PHONE SWAP has proved to be a must see classic of our time.” by Afolabi Lucas

„Phone swap is an unabashedly romantic comedy. From the first scene to the last you are either laughing out loud or chuckling into your pretty expensive crépe (…)” Ayodele Olofintuade, progress publishing

„Phone Swap is incontrovertibly a first class comedy movie in Nollywood, sailing on the seas of dynamism and ingenuity, with its mast of professionalism beating proudly in the air and pointing to one fact… It has raised the movie bar in Nollywood once again!” by Augusta Okon

„What makes the plot engaging in this particular film are the performances from its all-star cast, and a visual range in its cinematography that allows us to see more of Nigeria than any claustrophobic Nollywood film could ever hope to do (…) This film has some great moments in it, and deserves to be enjoyed by a big audience on a big screen.” Caitlin Pearson, The Africa Channel

„You know a movie is good when the audience is pouring out of the hall doubled-over, giggling hard with their friends and wiping tears from their eyes, reliving scenes and making appointments to come watch again.”

„Kunle Afolayan wants to scare you, he wants to thrill you, he wants to make you laugh, but most of all, he would like you to suspend your disbelief — in his plots, yes, which tend to be over the top, but also about what is possible in Africa.” Andrew Rice, The New York Times

Kunle Afolayan is a Nigerian actor and director. He is the son of the famous theater and film director and producer Ade Love. Afolayan majored in economics. Since 2005 he has been active in the Nigerian film industry. He has made several very popular titles including: The Figurine: Araromire which was in the Yoruba and English languages and Phone Swap which featured Nse Ikpe Etim and the legendary Chika Okpala. The Figurine won five major awards in the African Film Academy and experienced tremendous success in the Nigerian movie theaters. Kunle Afolayan appeared at the Subversive Film Festival in 2011 where he represented the second largest film industry in the world, the Nigerian film industry, with his colleague Zeb Ejiro. In May 2013, Phone Swap premiered in France at the first edition of Nollywood Week Paris and won the Public Choice Award.

German Premiere
Phone Swap

Nigeria, 2012, 110 min
By Kunle Afolayan
Starring: Nse Ikpe-Etim, Wale Ojo, Ada Ameh, Lydia Forson, Joke Silva
DVD, Yoruba/Ibo/Twi/Engl. with engl. subtitles

Thursday, 8 May 2014
Entrance: 7,50€
Discount: Berlinpass,
5 & 10 Ticket Cards can be used by two people,
Gildepass, Heavy User Card

Hackesche Höfe Kino
Rosenthaler Str. 40/41
10178 Berlin
S Hackescher Markt
U Weinmeisterstraße

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